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Today in Soap Opera History (December 26)

1966: Sft's Joanne and Stu celebrated Christmas with family and

friends. 1986: In the final scene of Search for Tomorrow,

Stu asked, "What is it, Jo? What is it you're searching for?"

Jo's reply: "Tomorrow. And I can't wait.""History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1941: After being canceled by the network, NBC Radio aired what was intended to be the final episode of radio soap opera The Guiding Light. The network received 75,000 protest letters and the show returned 11 weeks later on March 16, 1942, running for four and a half more years on NBC Radio before being canceled again. CBS Radio
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Today in Soap Opera History (December 14)

1967: Dark Shadows' Barnabas faced off with Jeremiah.

1979: Atwt's Bob and Lisa made Christmas Eve plans.

1979: Eon's Deborah was kidnapped. 2000: Vicky McKinnon

appeared as a ghost during a séance on Atwt."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1949: On radio soap opera The Guiding Light, Mama Bauer (Adelaide Klein) died.

1967: On Dark Shadows, in a duel, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) shot his uncle, Jeremiah (Anthony George).

1979: On As the World Turns, Dr. Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) made a Christmas Eve date with his ex-wife, Lisa Shea Colman (Eileen Fulton).

1979: On Guiding Light, Roger Thorpe
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McHale's Navy Actor Bob Hastings Dies

McHale's Navy Actor Bob Hastings Dies
Robert "Bob" Francis Hastings, Sr., best known for portraying "yes man" Lt. Elroy Carpenter on the popular 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy, has died. He was 89 and had battled pancreatic cancer for 15 years. The Brooklyn-born Hastings had a long entertainment career, which began in radio at the age of 11 on such shows as The Daily Mirror Radio Gang and Adventures in King Arthurland, according to California's Burbank Leader newspaper. Enlisting as a B-29 navigator during World War II, Hastings once again found work in radio upon his return, serving as the voice of Archie Andrews, the main character on the airwaves
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Checking in with Eric Sheffer Stevens

Some Ae readers remember Eric Sheffer Stevens from his days playing doctor on As the World Turns. As the handsome Dr. Reid Oliver, he stole our hearts and took them with him to an unfortunate meeting with a train. Now he is back and he has a new show. AfterElton sat down with him to hear about this new project as well as to talk about his fond memories of being one half of a gay couple on a daytime soap.

AfterElton: Tell us a little bit about the show and about your character.

Eric Sheffer Stevens: The show is really about the two neighbors that live next door to each other--Jamie and Katie’s characters and they are raising daughters by themselves. It’s very frustrating for them and just sort of about the daily struggles of raising a young woman who’s at that age. I’m
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The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same...

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same...

By Nelson Aspen

I work in International TV news. I don't always get to choose the stories I report... I take assignments and pitch others. But over the course of the last two weeks, the dominant coverage has not been the tornadoes in the midwest nor President Obama's declaration about MidEast borders. It hasn't even been Kim Kardashian's engagement! It has been, almost nonstop, the end of Oprah Winfrey's 25 year run on Daytime.

Many don't seem to realize that with Own, her eponymous network, she's not really saying goodbye at all. In fact, she's increasing her omnipotence from 1 hour in the afternoon to 24 hours a day. Still, we can't help but wax nostalgic because of the very real "end of an era."

Daytime TV viewers are (especially recently) veterans of experiencing Loss. In spite of DVRs and SOAPnet,
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The 25 Most Stylish Men on TV

GQ has named the 25 best-dressed men on television including:

24. Lane Pryce (Jared Harris), Mad Men

23. Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), Gossip Girl

19. Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård), True Blood

16. Blaine Anderson, (Darren Criss), Glee

15. Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), The Vampire Diaries

13. Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), 30 Rock

9. Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), Boardwalk Empire

7. Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), Glee

5. Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams), Boardwalk Empire

2. Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Mad Men

Hulk Hogan, other WWE stars react to "Macho Man" Randy Savage's death

"I'm completely devastated, after over 10 years of not talking with Randy, we've finally started to talk and communicate," Hulk tweeted. "He had so much life in his eyes & in his spirit, I just pray that he's happy and in a better place and we miss him."

Mary Hart's "Et" exit marks the end of an era of nice TV

"The tone of television has changed,
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Interview: Margaret Colin, star of Broadway’s ‘Arcadia’: “I stick to what my first impulse is when I read the character”

Margaret Colin may be familiar to you from shows like Gossip Girl, Chicago Hope and the canceled-to-soon Now and Again but her TV and film resume are no match for her 25 year stage career. Works by Tennessee Williams (Sweet Bird of Youth), Shakespeare (Hamlet) and Broadway shows, A Day in the Life of Joe Egg and Jackie (where she portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy in her Broadway debut) are just a sampling in her long career.

She’s currently starring as ‘Lady Croom’ in the Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. Directed by David Leveaux and also starring Billy Crudup and Raul Esparza, the show shifts in time from 1809 to the present day and features original events as they occurred in the past, and a reconstructed account that is painstakingly pieced together by modern-day historians.

I could have talked with Margaret for hours and quite frankly, she’s incredibly lucky I
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AMC Officially Greenlights Season 5 Of 'Mad Men' For March 2012 Premiere

The upcoming fifth season of Mad Men is now slated to debut in March 2012. That is 17 months from the series' fourth season finale. While the protracted negotiations between Mad Men creator/ exec producer Matt Weiner and AMC/Lionsgate TV led to the series' pushed production start and, in turn, caused the show to miss its original July premiere date, the new March return date is not directly tied to the contract talks. According to sources with knowledge of the negotiations, Weiner had been actually pushing for a shorter gap between Seasons 4 and 5 and had stated that he could get Season 5 produced and delivered on budget for a 2011 premiere.

General Hospital Tragedy: Has This Soap Finally Gone Too Far?

Ed Martin writes: "The current Death of Jake Webber disappointment is another matter entirely, and it comes at a time
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Jon Lindstrom Reveals His "High" Ride In Music and Soaps - Part Four

In Parts One, Two and Three of our interview with the beloved Jon Lindstrom, the acclaimed actor discussed his passion for music, returning to his musical roots in The High Lonesome, as well as indelible roles as Mark on Santa Barbara, twins Ryan and Kevin on General Hospital, highs and lows of the spin-off Port Charles, and overcoming pressures as the recast of Craig on As The World Turns. In this final part Lindstrom discusses his approach to handling cancellations, his future career in films and television, and his insights into the future of soaps. Why do gay audiences want to check their local film festivals in 2011? Find out below!

We Love Soaps TV: Where were you when you got the news that As The World Turns had been canceled?

Jon Lindstrom: I was at home. My phone rang, it was Chris Goutman. He had thought of me for
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IMDb Starmeter

According to the Internet Movie DataBase (IMDb.com): "The STARmeter rankings provide a snapshot of who's popular based on the searches of millions of IMDb users. Updated weekly, these rankings also graph the popularity of people over time and determine which events affect public awareness."  Here is a listing of some present and past soap stars and their current ranking, as well as some public figures.  Do you agree with the list? Is Lisa Rinna really more popular than President Obama? Weigh in below.   1. Darren Criss (Glee) 3. Leonardo DiCaprio (ex-santa Barbara)4. Johnny Depp (star of Dark Shadows movie)9. Dot Jones (Glee, Venice) 11. Jill Clayburgh (ex-sft)19. Brad Pitt (ex-aw)28. Amber Tamblyn (ex-gh)54. James Franco (ex-gh) 101. Parker Posey (ex-atwt)

119. Jessica Lowndes (90210) 121. Amanda Seyfried (ex-atwt)125. Demi Moore (ex-gh)134. Lyndsy Fonseca (ex Dh, ex-y&R)144. Courtney Thorne-Smith (ex-Melrose Place)157. Morgan Freeman (ex-aw)189. Josh Duhamel (ex-amc)200. Julianne Moore (ex-atwt)208. Paul Wesley (ex-gl)236. Lindsay Lohan
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Bill Roache to be honoured in New York

Bill Roache to be honoured in New York
Coronation Street star Bill Roache will travel to New York next month to be honoured at a Guinness World Records ceremony, it has been revealed. Back in September, it was announced that the Weatherfield legend was to enter the record books as the world's longest-serving soap actor after almost 50 years playing Ken Barlow. It has now been confirmed that a special event in the Us in November will celebrate Roache's achievement - just weeks before Corrie's 50th anniversary episodes air. The 78-year-old officially secures the longest-serving soap actor title on November 22, when he overtakes its existing holder Don Hastings, who portrayed Bob Hughes on the now-axed (more)
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'As the World Turns' Turns No More

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'As the World Turns' Turns No More
The veteran soap opera "As the World Turns" aired its final episode Friday, after being on the air 54 years.

The last installment saw most of the Oakdale, Ill denizens finding closure and happiness. Doctor Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) retired from the hospital; Barbara (Colleen Zenk) dissolved her partnership with Paul (Roger Howarth); Casey (Billy Magnussen) left for law school; Chris (Daniel Cosgrove) proposed to Katie (Terri Colombino); Lucinda (Elizabeth Hubbard) and John (Larry Bryggman) got
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As the World Turns: Watch the Last Episode; What Did You Think?

After 54 years on the air and 13,858 episodes, As the World Turns has ended.

The last installment aired this afternoon and was filled with closure. Doctor Bob Hughes (Don Hastings) retired from the hospital , Barbara (Colleen Zenk) dissolved her partnership with Paul (Roger Howarth), Casey (Billy Magnussen) left for law school, Chris (Daniel Cosgrove) proposed to Katie (Terri Colombino), Lucinda (Elizabeth Hubbard) and John (Larry Bryggman) got back together, and Janet (Julie Pinson) asked Jack (Michael Park) to be Lorenzo’s godfather.

It seemed like everyone's storyline was wrapped up in some way, except for Luke (Van Hansis). As fans are well aware, he lost Reid (Eric Sheffer Stevens) last week and yesterday, said goodbye to Noah (Jake Silbermann). The closest he got was to be able to use Reid's stethoscope to listen to Reid's heart, now pumping in Chris' body.
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'As the World Turns' series finale: So long, good people of Oakdale! You will be missed

'As the World Turns' series finale: So long, good people of Oakdale! You will be missed
Bob retired from the hospital, Casey took off to law school, and Barbara dissolved her partnership with Paul — but what happened in today’s episode of CBS’ As the World Turns wasn’t nearly as significant as the reason behind all those major life changes for the folks of Oakdale. Today was the 13,858th and final episode of the venerable soap opera, which was canceled last year because of low ratings. Clearly, the writers took great care to keep things happy and optimistic for all the characters: Janet asked Jack to be Lorenzo’s godfather, Carly looked forward to having another baby,
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As the World Turns: Kathryn Hays Recalls Shooting the Cancelled Soap's Final Scene

As many soap opera fans are well aware, As the World Turns has been cancelled after 54 years on CBS. The final scenes of the daytime drama were shot in June and are set to air next Friday, September 17th.

The folks at EW obtained an exclusive shot of the last scene to be taped. Appropriately, it features longtime stars Don Hastings and Kathryn Hays.

He's played Dr. Robert Hughes on Atwt since October 1960, holding the record for the longest continuous role on Us television. Hays has played Kim Sullivan Hughes since 1972 and worked on the now-cancelled Guiding Light series before that.

Hays described the end of filming and said, "The last day was poignant, and what was so incredible about it was how we shot pretty much in order that day. As each group finished with a
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'As the World Turns': Kathryn Hays, a.k.a. Kim Hughes, reflects on final day of taping

'As the World Turns': Kathryn Hays, a.k.a. Kim Hughes, reflects on final day of taping
EW obtained this exclusive shot of Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes) and Don Hastings (Bob Hughes) from As the World Turns’ last day of taping in June. In preparation for the soap’s series finale on Sept. 17, we talked to Hays about those final hours on the soap’s Brooklyn set and what it was like to say goodbye:

“The last day was poignant, and what was so incredible about it was how we shot pretty much in order that day. As each group finished with a scene, that would be the end of their involvement. But it wasn’t like tomorrow was another show,
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As the World Turns Wraps Production After 54 Years

As the World Turns has wrapped production after 54 years, according to The Associated Press. The final episode will air Sept. 17.

"It's been a job and a home and friendships for 50 years," longtime star Don Hastings told the AP at the final taping Wednesday. "I don't think it's hit me yet."

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